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Serena Williams is the highest-paid female athlete of 2018, according to Forbes‘ annual list. The multiple Grand Slam-winning tennis star topped the publication’s ranking, having taken home $18.1 million in earnings between June 2017 and June 2018.

This marks the third consecutive year the younger Williams sister has clinched the number one spot, despite only earning $62,000 in prize money in the past year due to taking a break from competition while pregnant. However, an incredible $18 million in endorsements, nearly twice as much as any other female athlete, kept her in the lead. Her sponsors include Nike, Intel, Audemars Piguet, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln, Gatorade, and Beats.

The year before, having competed throughout the year, Williams raked in an even-more-impressive $27 million in combined earnings.

Overall, the 10 highest-paid female athletes banked a collected $105 million from prize money, royalties, appearances, and endorsements. Tennis was the dominant sport, with all but two athletes in the top 10 — badminton star P.V. Sindhu and racing driver Danica Patrick — coming from the sport. Check out Forbes’ ranking below.

1. Serena Williams — $ 18.1 million
2. Caroline Wozniacki — $13 million
3. Sloane Stephens — $11.2 million
4. Garbine Muguruza — $11 million
5. Maria Sharapova — $10.5 million
6. Venus Williams — $10.2 million
7. P.V. Sindhu — $8.5 million
8. Simona Halep — $7.7 million
9. Danica Patrick — $7.5 million
10. Angelique Kerber — $7 million

For more on this, visit Forbes.

In other news, Lionel Messi and the other La Liga captains are expected to object to US matches.

Words by Candice Nembhard
Staff Writer

A Berlin-based gal from Brum.

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